NGA Grant and Award Applications Available for Youth Garden Programs


Donna Booska
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 115

South Burlington, VT (September 25, 2006) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) wishes to alert school and youth garden programs that applications are available for several grants. NGA provides a one-stop resource for educators who wish to inspire and educate through gardening. "Plant-based activities are a great way to implement authentic learning that brings to life national curriculum standards for science, literacy, math, and social studies, as well as the arts. Plants and gardening are also great 'hooks' that help engage students - as kids enjoy growing and nurturing plants, along the way they learn to work with and nurture each other as well," says Mike Metallo, President of NGA. It's easy to apply by visiting the NGA grants Web page.

Applications are now being accepted for the following grants:

Youth Garden Grants

Deadline: November 1, 2006
NGA is delighted to announce that The Home Depot has returned as our Youth Garden Grants sponsor for 2007. NGA awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered, outdoor garden programs. Each of 200 winners will receive a Home Depot gift card valued at $250 for the purchase of gardening materials and supplies particular to the needs of their projects, 12 months of NGA Supporter benefits, and an activity package from NGA. For full details and to download an application, please visit the grants Web page.

Healthy Sprouts Awards

Deadline: October 15, 2006
These awards, sponsored by Gardener's Supply Company, encourage the growth of health-focused youth garden programs that teach about nutrition and the issue of hunger in the United States. In 2006 each of 25 winning programs will receive a $200 gift certificate to Gardener's Supply Company, a literature and curriculum package from NGA, and NGA Supporter benefits for one year. For full details and to download an application, please visit the grants Web page.

Hooked on Hydroponics Awards

Deadline: September 30, 2006
The Hydroponic Merchants Association and leading companies from the hydroponic gardening industry join NGA to present these awards. Classroom hydroponics offers eager students loads of opportunities to explore concepts across the curriculum. Twelve educational programs will each receive a hydroponics package that fits its classroom space and includes everything required to grow plants successfully indoors.

Kids Growing with Dutch Bulbs

Deadline: April 1
A program of the Mailorder Gardening Association and it's partners, The International Flower Bulb Center, Dutch Bulb Exporters, and the North American Flower Bulb Wholesalers Association, this 12th annual award supplies 300 schools with a package of 200 premium Dutch flowering bulbs valued at $200. Selection criteria include student involvement, curriculum integration, and administrative support.

Mantis Awards

Deadline: March 31
Mantis proudly announces its 2007 Award Program in support of charitable and educational garden programs that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. In partnership with Mantis, the NGA will select 20 gardens to receive Mantis Tiller/Cultivators. We welcome applications from all nonprofits - past winners include community gardens, schools, ministries, colleges, master gardening groups, and hospices. In addition to the application, candidates are asked to send a photo of the garden and a diagram of garden layout and dimensions.

For full details and to download an application, please visit the grants Web page.

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Please note: This information is subject to change. Please see the Web links indicated for final details.

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